I read fast. Like, super-fast. A book or two a day fast (when I have time, that is). Because of that superpower, I’m always behind on my reviews, with no chance of ever catching up…except if I do a bunch of short reviews at a time. So, taking inspiration from one of my favorite social media outlets, Twitter, I’m going to cover an entire book in just 140 characters. Now, I’m not the first or only one to do this (check out Karen @ For What It’s Worth’s Short and Tweet reviews) there’s even a Twitter handle “Book Review Tweets” run by three librarians that’s all 140-character reviews all the time. (Yes, I Googled it. Because that’s what you do when you try new things on yer blog.) (Oh, and I’m not counting the title or author’s name. Cheating? Maybe.)
INTO THE STILL BLUE (Under the Never Sky #3) by Veronica Rossi (YA SciFi Dystopia, 392 pages, January 2014, HarperCollins)
An unputdownable final installment. Great character development and perfect pacing (a bit rushed at the end, though). Bravo!
PROMISE OF SHADOWS by Justina Ireland (YA Paranormal, 371 pages, March 2014, Simon and Schuster for Young Readers)
Great promise, intriguing premise…but it didn’t quite work for me, despite the harpies. What was with the uber-angsty boys? Meh.
SALVAGE by Alexandra Duncan (YA SciFi, 528 pages, April 2014, Greenwillow Books)
Insta-love, extremely odd names, out-there jargon…and a love triangle. DNF. So sad about it, too. An intriguing premise that just didn’t work.
WHITE SPACE (Dark Passages #1) by Ilsa J. Bick (YA Fantasy, 560 pages, February 2014, EgmontUSA)
A not-great start morphed into a pretty decent second half. Trippy POV switches and painfully slow pacing at times make it a difficult read.
ADAPTATION (Adaptation #1) by Miranda Lo (YA SciFi, 386 pages, September 2012, Little, Brown for Young Readers)
Triangle of DOOM ruins romance, odd pacing kills what started out as a fast-paced thrill ride. Such possibility. *shakes head sadly*
THE EIGHTH DAY (Eighth Day #1) by Dianne K. Salerni (MG Fantasy, 320 pages, April 2014, HarperCollins)
A middle grade that works: Great characters, fantastic story, great pacing. Wish I was an Arthurian descendent so I could have an Eighth Day
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